November 17, 2015 Edition 
When My Homeschool Blew Up: Getting Through the Tough Spots
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Gena Suarez
Hey Mama,

I heard you are drowning. You thought you were going to wake up and start a fresh new day, lots would get done, and you'd go to bed tonight content that so much was accomplished. It's not looking that way, though, and the day is already underway and moving too fast.
Your first inclination is to go back to bed (or hide underneath it). I just wanted to drop in and encourage you. Don't hide; don't run away. God has your day ordained. He orders our day. He is not surprised by this one.
His word tells us to wait on Him, to take courage, to be joyful. I find that when I start to get overwhelmed, God's word is the place I need to be. He speaks to us through His word. Have a look...
Psalm 31:24
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
Isaiah 35:4
Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you."
Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 
Psalm 94:19
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.
Isaiah 41:10
"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
Mama, get into the word today if you can. Read all of the above passages in context and get to know the Heart of your great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is with you. He will never leave you.
Don't beat yourself up for the slow start today. Look, you have a bunch of kids and you live in a shoe. Do you think you're supposed to be superwoman or something? Come on.
  • Know that it (whatever it may be) will not be predictable.
  • Understand that your daily plans will blow up at least once a week (if not once a day).
  • Give yourself a break; God smiles on you, so smile back.
  • Say under your breath or in your heart, "Lord, I don't know what to do, but my eyes are on YOU."
  • Accept that you are a child of God, walking this walk, obeying Him, doing your best. In the words of Keith Green, HE'LL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.
Embrace the madness, Mama. 
It's your crazy, mad, insane, over-filled life. Love it. He gave it to you.
Now get out from under the bed and go find your kids. Hug them and move on with the day.

~ gena
Relational Homeschooling    
Diana Waring

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This is a "two-parter." First, let me say that the secret of getting through the rough spots of homeschooling is to determine that you're not quitting. You're going to stay the course (adjusting when necessary, but you're not quitting, tossing in the towel, or choosing another route. There's no escape hatch.

You're a homeschooler, not because of what you do, but because of WHO you are. You believe home is the best place for your kids and that no one knows them better than you. Armed with that knowledge, your path does not change. The bumps, bogs, and prickles remain, but you never leave the path.

Mom, don't quit. Go ahead and take a day or two off to regroup, but don't quit. I've talked to many who regret their decision of leaving the hard path and choosing the easy one lined with yellow school buses.

OK, now on to part TWO. Think Christmas thoughts. As always, we have several Christmas products to make your holidays bright, but you gotta get on the stick to make it happen.

Here they are:
Family Advent Christmas Crafts - One of the things that make Family Advent Nights so much fun for my children is that we all make a craft together. But, thinking up the crafts and gathering all of the materials can be costly, time-consuming, and a hassle. 
So, to make it easy for you to have family advent nights, we've put together four tried-and-true crafts that are sure to be a hit with your children. Each kit has all you need (except glue) to make four different crafts (one per week). And you can't beat the price of only $9 per kit(That's only $2.25 per craft). So if you have 4 children, you would order 4 kits. We'll ship them right out to you so you're ready for your family advent nights. 
New Christmas Read-A-Loud - This year's brand NEW Christmas story in The Familyman's Christmas Treasury is - It's Called Christmas. The story is actually an urgent message from a boy named Nook who lives in the future where Christmas has been "erased." You'll learn how it happened and the reason for him contacting you. It's a great story with a great message.

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For the month of November 2015  
Over the years, we have migrated between using an all-in-one language arts program, and pulling the different aspects together using different programs. I was excited to have the experience of using The Gray Book from the Learning Language Arts Through Literature Series with our son. Part of the motivation, honestly, was being able to share with him the news that he was now going to have language arts in just one book rather
than all the different sections to manage each day.

The Learning Language Arts Through Literature curriculum offered by Common Sense Press provides a complete language arts study for students in first grade through high school, with high school courses in American Literature and British Literature. The Gray Book is geared toward students working at an eighth grade level.

The Gray Book set we received had both a Student Activity Book, as well as the Teacher's Edition. The Student Activity Book contained spaces for the student to record their responses to questions and activities. Longer writing exercises and essays are done on separate notebook paper. The Teacher's Edition has copies of the student pages with answers for those pages in the left and right sidebars. There are very explicit directions provided on how to lead each day's work and things to look for in your student's work. There is also an appendix in both the Student Activity Book and the Teacher's Edition. 

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